Has David Moyes been a success at Real Sociedad?

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David Moyes has been in the Real Sociedad job for just over three months now, and with less than 10 games to go until the end of the season, safety is almost assured.

Job done from the Scot right? Well, not exactly...

Moyes has hardly set La Liga alight since he began his tenure with a hard-fought win over Barcelona in January.

Although there have been other notable victories, in particular an epic 4-3 win over Sevilla, these have been interspersed with disappointing results such as draws against Almeria and Granada.

Indeed, Moyes' record since taking over reads played 16, won six, drawn five and lost five. Hardly the impact that the Basques might've hoped for.

Lack of activity

A distinct lack of activity in the transfer market upon his appointment can't have helped his cause. Often a mid-season injection of new talent gives teams the impetus to push on from that point onwards.

That never happened with Sociedad, and in many respects we can see why the season is petering out as it appears to be doing.

There has been a suggestion already that the Scot may be willing to take one of the Premier League jobs that will inevitably be on offer over the summer months.

Unfinished business

But you would imagine that Moyes would at least prefer the opportunity to finish what he started.

Perhaps a summer transfer window and full season in La Liga will be a better barometer to judge whether Moyes is suited to the Spanish top flight.

Having "his" team installed and playing his way might well help bring the glory days back to the Anoeta Stadium.

He has shown in fits and starts that he is a capable manager but it's the consistency that has been lacking.

Three wins in the last five would appear to debunk that particular point of view but one win in every five before then gives a truer reflection of how well his teams have been performing.

Can't beat top teams

Furthermore, losses against Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia show that Moyes hasn't really learned anything against the top teams from right back to his Everton days.

The Barcelona result can be put down to the new manager "bounce" and the fact that Anoeta seems to be a bogey ground for the Catalans and it's Barca that loom largest for Moyes towards the end of the campaign.

If the Blaugrana are still in the hunt for the La Liga title, the result is likely to be very much different than Moyes' debut.

The right appointment for Sociedad at the right time? Yes. A success? Not at this point.

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